Categories & Tags: State Policy

Companies opposing Mississippi's anti-LGBT law helped elect its proponents   |   April 22, 2016
America's latest anti-LGBT law is Mississippi's Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act (HB 1523). Signed by Gov. Phil Bryant (R) on April 5,...

 

After years of rollbacks, democracy movement making gains in the states   |   April 22, 2016
More than 1,400 people were arrested during protests in Washington, D.C., over the past week as part of Democracy Awakening and Democracy Spring, a grassroots movement calling for...

 

Nonprofit loses first round in fight with N.C. over third-party solar power sales   |   April 18, 2016
The North Carolina Utilities Commission ruled against a nonprofit that installed solar panels on the roof of a Greensboro church and sold it the power, saying the project violates...

 

VOICES: Legalizing hatred in Mississippi   |   April 12, 2016
Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill that aims to legalize hatred, once again assuring that his legacy will be one built on hate and discrimination against others. The innocuous-...

 

Growing Southern cities are increasingly targets of state pre-emption   |   April 1, 2016
On March 23, North Carolina lawmakers approved a controversial new law rolling back local LGBT protections and sparking outrage across the state and country. HB2, which passed a...

 

N.C.'s coal ash-poisoned wells: a harbinger for problems ahead in other states?   |   April 1, 2016
Hundreds of well owners who live near Duke Energy's coal ash dumps across North Carolina have been left confused and worried by the McCrory administration's waffling over...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Pre-empting local democracy in North Carolina and beyond   |   March 24, 2016
Date on which the city council in Charlotte, North Carolina, passed an ordinance expanding the city's non-discrimination policy to offer new protections for lesbian, gay,...

 

Florida activists show how to fight anti-immigrant legislation and win   |   March 17, 2016
Sharp divides have emerged recently between Southern state legislatures and cities over so-called "sanctuary" policies, which limit local police involvement in federal...

 

Civil rights battle over N.C. hog industry regulation heats up as negotiations break down   |   March 9, 2016
Negotiations between community advocates and North Carolina's environmental agency over charges that lax oversight of hog farms disproportionately harms African-American,...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Expanding access to good jobs after jail   |   February 26, 2016
Number of U.S. adults who have a serious misdemeanor or felony arrest or conviction record: 70 million Number of people released from state and federal prisons each year: 630,000...

 

NC environmental officials: Too anti-regulation even for Duke Energy?   |   February 11, 2016
Just how extreme is the administration of North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) when it comes to obstructing efforts to protect the environment? So extreme that even Duke Energy...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: North Carolina sued over voter registration failings   |   December 16, 2015
Date on which an alliance of voting rights advocacy groups and individual voters sued North Carolina state government officials for noncompliance with federal voter registration...

 

As immigrants mark frustrating year for Obama's executive action, cities and states can take lead   |   December 8, 2015
By Shena Elrington, Common Dreams As debate over the immigration of Syrian refugees to the United States intensifies, immigrants already living in the United States quietly...

 

McCrory campaign cashes in on anti-refugee animus   |   November 18, 2015
Since the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris by Islamic State operatives, at least 31 governors across the U.S. have said they don't want to allow any more refugees fleeing...

 

ALEC's fingerprints on harsh new NC immigration law   |   November 10, 2015
A few years ago, as anti-immigrant sentiment roiled the country, Arizona enacted a draconian law, SB 1070, that expanded the role of local police in enforcing federal immigration...

 

Duke Energy seeks $120K fine against nonprofit challenging its solar monopoly   |   November 2, 2015
Duke Energy, which last year reported a profit of almost $2 billion, is seeking a $120,000 fine against a nonprofit for trying to undermine the company's solar power sales...

 

Pressure builds on NC governor to veto far-reaching anti-environmental bill   |   October 20, 2015
Environmental advocates in North Carolina are stepping up pressure on Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to veto a bill they say is the most anti-environmental of the 2015 legislative session...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Bringing the South's voter registration systems into the 21st century   |   September 25, 2015
Century in which many states' voter registration systems remained mired: 19th As a consequence of inefficiencies in systems reliant on paper forms and postal mail, portion of...

 

What Tennessee paid to lure lawbreaking Volkswagen to Chattanooga   |   September 23, 2015
The scandal over Volkwagen's illegal scheme to sell diesel vehicles equipped with software designed to cheat U.S. air pollution limits is widening. The estimated number of...

 

High stakes for the South in Obamacare subsidy case   |   June 10, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule by the end of this month in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the legality of health insurance subsidies for low- and middle-income...

 

Loophole in N.C. election law delayed disclosure of $7 million in outside spending   |   May 27, 2015
By Alex Kotch A measure that may come before the North Carolina legislature this session could bring to light millions of dollars in political spending that is now often disclosed...

 

Mapping the risk of judicial corruption   |   May 21, 2015
Last month the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, upholding a Florida law that bans judges and judicial candidates from personally...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Embracing the benefits of online voter registration   |   May 20, 2015
Date on which Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed a bill creating a statewide online voter registration system: 5/15/2015 Year by which the system is supposed be in place: 2017...

 

VOICES: Under Republican 'grass-eater rule' in Mississippi   |   May 18, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South OXFORD, Miss. – Three-time Louisiana Gov. Earl Long, a betting man who loved the horses, knew his maneuverings to get a fourth term in 1960 were a...

 

Looting Louisiana: How the Jindal administration is helping Big Oil rip off a cash-strapped state   |   May 7, 2015
Louisiana is in the throes of a budget crisis, with the state facing a $1.6 billion deficit for the upcoming fiscal year that begins July 1. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has proposed...